About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we are looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community, and who value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentor under-represented demographics within engineering. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, those who have paused their careers for family or pandemic reasons, or who spent time outside of academia. We are committed to helping all constituents reach their full potential, creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship, and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.
UMass Amherst is a leader in providing institutional support for faculty to combine work and family/personal responsibilities and was listed among the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” UMass is in the top 10% of public research-intensive universities in the COACHE survey for making having and raising children compatible with the tenure-track. For more information on work-life balance at UMass Amherst, see https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/work/balance.
The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares students at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels to practice in a wide variety of healthcare settings and develops nursing leaders and researchers to educate future generations. Our faculty members draw on their advanced clinical skills and innovative research in their teaching to prepare students for their careers by using state-of-the-art technology and techniques. In Fall 2022 enrollment included 363 undergraduate and 195 graduate students. The College is committed to the inclusion of social determinants of health and social justice in our service, teaching, and scholarship.
The College of Engineering is ranked as the best public engineering college in New England. The Fall 2021 enrollment included 2,179 undergraduate and 662 graduate students. Research expenditures exceeded $60.5 M in the past year and the College is host to 15 research centers. The College has an excellent record of developing new faculty with 12 of our current faculty members receiving prestigious NSF CAREER awards in just the last three years.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a member of the Five College Consortium including Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a full-time (9-month), tenure-track faculty that will be jointly appointed with the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the College of Engineering. This position will strengthen the collaboration between these colleges and will be part of the Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation as well as part of the larger University-wide Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) and its Center for Personalized Health Monitoring (CPHM). In addition, the successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in large, collaborative, sponsored research projects.
Individuals will be considered in all areas of basic/applied research in nursing and engineering who have an impact on the development of human factors, medical devices (e.g., bioelectronic systems, robotics, biomechanics, systems biology, bioinformatics, operations research), operations, or other related nursing and engineering research topics.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing, engineering, or joint inter-professional courses, supervise graduate students, contribute significantly to the advance of engineering/nursing/healthcare applications, establish a vibrant, independent research program, and play an active role in the community and academic service activities in the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the College of Engineering as well as in the wider University.
Applicants must have an earned PhD in nursing or engineering with relevant medical experience and a focus on healthcare. The position is open to individuals with qualifications that allow them to be appointed at the rank of associate or full professor and may be a candidate for the Marieb Professorship. The successful candidate will have a stellar track record in research in nursing and engineering, including extramural funding, teaching, and leadership, as well as a commitment to diverse and cross-disciplinary academic and industrial collaborations. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an internationally recognized scholarly presence. Candidates will also be expected to teach existing undergraduate and graduate courses in our curriculum in relevant Nursing and Engineering courses in addition to developing courses that combine these areas of expertise. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The steps of the process are as follows:
- A minimally qualified pool is identified from the applicants, ideally by the end of September 2023.
- All remaining candidates are evaluated and a “long list” is identified, which will be interviewed via video conference. Candidates invited to these interviews will be emailed at least one week before the scheduled date.
- For candidates advancing to the long list: references will be contacted, and candidates will have an opportunity to submit 1 or 2 representative scholarly works.
- A “shortlist” is developed from the long list, and these candidates will be invited to interview on campus. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide materials that demonstrate the candidate's eligibility and qualifications to show they meet the criteria and standards for tenure at the University of Amherst. https://www.umass.edu/provost/resources/all-resources/academic-personnel/policy-and-labor-contracts/academic-personnel-policy-red
Candidates must provide the following in their application package addressed to “Nursing / Engineering Search Committee.” Applications will be reviewed starting on October 1, 2022. The review process will continue until the search is completed. All files must be provided in .pdf format.
- A cover letter addressed to “Nursing/Engineering Search Committee”. The cover letter should a) introduce yourself, b) briefly describe your research interests, and c) describe your vision for this position. Page limit: 2 pages
- A research statement. Candidates should situate their past research in a broader scholarly context and give their research vision for this position. Candidates are specifically asked to mention the types of scholarship they will perform, how that scholarship will be disseminated, and the expectation for how that scholarship will be funded. Statements will be evaluated based on the assessment of demonstrated excellence or demonstrated promise of future excellence. Page limit: 4 pages
- A teaching statement. Candidates should describe their past teaching experience and express their teaching vision for this position. Candidates are specifically asked to mention existing courses related to Nursing or Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management they are qualified to offer and also mention classes they are interested in developing. Candidates should address both undergraduate and graduate classes. Statements will be evaluated based on the assessment of demonstrated excellence or demonstrated promise of future excellence. Page limit: 2 pages
- A statement of vision for the candidate’s role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should list past and planned future actions to support the diversity mission of the Colleges of Nursing, Engineering, and UMass. Page limit: 2 pages
- A current curriculum vitae. The CV should be ordered as follows: 1) education, 2) employment, 3) awards and honors, 4) sponsored research (if any), 5) peer-reviewed publications, 6) service, and 7) other sections as considered appropriate by the candidate.
- Contact information, (name, title, email address, institution) for three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted until the second phase of the search.
- Optional Supplemental Materials: Candidates can submit up to three recent manuscripts (articles, book chapters, etc.) representative of their research work.
The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.